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benedict becomes the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years. the stunning move that has the world asking who's next. >>> from hunger games to "silver linings play book" she is captivating audiences everywhere. jennifer lawrence talks. >>> and swim suit inc. a show stopping cover as kate upton graces "sports illustrated" swim suit edition once more. we go inside the big business of a well-worn bikini. >>> keep it right progressive claims. this is flo. i need you. i feel so alone. but you're not alone. i knew you'd come. like i could stay away. you know i can't do this without you. you'll never have to. you're always there for me. shh! i'll get you a rental car. i could also use an umbrella. fall in love with progres. >>> from new york city, this is "nightline" with bill weir. >> if the last 600 years have taught us anything it's that popes don't quit. there is no holy father rest home. it is a job for life or at least it was until this morning when over a billion catholics did a double take over the news that benedict xvi had given his two weeks' notice in latin. why now and what
the vatican. why did pope benedict really say he is stepping down? and what does it mean for a billion catholics around the world? >>> in ruins. a tornado roaring up the street. electrical wires dangling. the massive cleanup tonight in one american town. >>> rescue. thousands of people stranded on a vacation cruise ship, cut off from the world. and the lifeboat on the way to try to help them tonight. >>> and honor and valor. the emotional ceremony for a heroic soldier. the lesson he teaches about the american spirit. and an unlikely little star in a suit and tie. >>> good evening on this monday night. a centuries old tradition has been shattered by a surprise. pope benedict, chosen to be pope for life, today announced he will resign, citing his failing strength and health. and the toll of his seven years, nine months and 24 days as pope etched on his face. there he was, as we saw him on day one. and now, much thinner, frailer. this is unchartered territory for 1 billion catholics around the world. no pope has resigned in 598 years. and it's happening just 48 hours before the holy seaso
story later on on "gma." >>> we turn to a change of the top of the catholic church. pope benedict made the bombshell announcement he is stepping down. >> at age 85, the pope says he cannot keep up with the job. nick schifrin joins us from rome with more. good morning, nick. >> reporter: good morning, rob. good morning, diana. pope benedict is a shy leader. but he's unpredictable, unprecedented. and it might j just guarantee h legacy. at 85, he is silver-haired and cerebral and says he simply can't keep up. pope benedict xvi tells his cardinals in latin, quote, i had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. in the last year, benedict grew increasingly frail. >> he certainly slowed down a bit. you could tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: but the german pope never slowed down, putting the church on an orthodox path. he opposed homosexuality and female priests. he tried to heal wounds, apologizing to victims of sexual abuse. >> they have to come to terms with the priest scandal. they have t
pope benedict v>> pope benedict xvi is expected to address an audience at the vatican. he will step down for every 28 due to health concerns. is spokesperson says that he's been living with a pacemaker and several months ago underwent surgery to have the battery replaced. will live in a monastery near the vatican when he steps down. >> if you are looking to book a flight anytime soon, you might want to be patient. the best days to book tickets may not be when you thought. >> with details on that and what wall street is watching today if we will check in with bloomberg headquarters in just a little while. >> it's 36 degrees. >> still to come, we're learning more about the shooting that killed two university of >> welcome back. 4:39. we want to check in with jacqui jeras. >> a little snow in the forecast? >> yes. a mix with rain and snow in d.c. but no accumulation will be expected here. a winter weather advisory has been issued for parts of west virginia and northern maryland. you can see mineral, hampshire and hardy counties all included for the potential of maybe 4 inches of snow.
>>> good morning, america. major bulletin right now. pope benedict resign ifs a stunning announcement at the vatican. citing his advanced age and diminishing strength. the first pep to step down in almost 600 years. what this means for the catholic church. >>> going across the interstate. >> and breaking now, tornadoes slam the south. this massive twister through a town at the dinner hour. dozens of people injured. hundreds of homes destroyed. it looked like it was amile wide. new blizzards right now. >>> and good morning, america. a huge headline right now. pope benedict xvi moments ago making this announcement. speaking in lat on the a group of cardinals. and announcing his rezization. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate carrying out of the ministry. >> the last pope to resign was pope gregory xii, almost 60 years ago. benedict's rescission to resign sets the stage for a clooichb to be -- conclave, to elect a new pope. ash wednesday begins this we
of men who have been appointed by either benedict or john paul ii. so they're like-mended men. >> reporter: american catholics still make up the largest religious denomination in this country. but many believe if it wasn't for immigration from asia and latin america, their numbers would be on the decline. so will a new pope be able to change this course? that certainly is the question on the minds of many of the faithful. cecilia vega, abc news, san francisco. >> some say it's divine intervention. take a look at this lightning strike at the vatican. it touched the top of st. peter's basilica. and it got the attention of new york's archbishop during an interview with diane sawyer. >> have you seen these pictures today? >> no, what is this about? >> they say this happened today. >> wow! is that not something? boy, oh boy. a lot of pasta overcooked with this lightning strike. can you believe it at st. peter's? boy, another apt image. >> cardinal dolan will be among those choosing the next pope. here's something interesting. the cardinals are cut off from the entire world when the
in the heartland. >>> final blessing. the enormous crowd to hear pope benedict deliver his last public words of prayer. this as more cardinals are asked today to skip the election of a new pope. >>> and the academy awards, the show stopping finale. the brand new host. >> the biggest challenge is going to be getting there on time. i think it starts at 5:30. >> and meet the only two people on earth who already know who the winners are. >> good evening, everyone. thank you so much for joining us on this spd night. i'm paula faris. davis mur is on assignment. we begin with the dramatic start to the nascar season. the stadium packed with 167,000 fans for the celebrated daytona 500 today. they were there to watch jimmie johnson cross the finish line and take the season's first prize. but in the back of their minds, there were these images of the terrifying end to yesterday's preliminary race. a spin-out involving a dozen cars. one mangled car smashing into the fence and breaking into pieces. some pieces striking fans and injuring 28 people. after a frantic night repairing all of that damage, today
>> pope benedict gave his final sunday blessing in st. peter's square today. and cardnal en route to the cardinal helping to decide on the new pope. >> and he was asking for prayer saying this is one of the most important decisions he will ever have to make. thousands of washington's catholics at the shrine of the basilica honoring the service of pope benedict 16 whose resignation takes effect later this week. >> we celebrate the ministry. the ministry of pope benedict 16 and we say, thank you. thank you for your guidance. thank you for your leadership. thank you for your teaching. >> cardinal is one of 117 cardinals headed to the vatican to elect the next pope. he says he is preparing for the task prayerfully. >> i can't imagine that i will ever have to do anything as important as this. in the rest of my life. >> parishioners told us they will support whoever is chosen but they are holding out hope for some favorites. >> i am hoping that cardinal -- will be the one. >> i'm pulling for a third world pope myself. >> why is that? >> i think it's
snow. scott? >> thank you so much. a change for pope benedict the 16th as he becomes the first pope in centuries to retire. he said it required strength of mind and body that he did not have any longer. the vatican expects a new pope will be named. pope benedict has broken a taboo -- a taboo. there is another major change in this afternoon. u.s. troops of afghanistan -- word is coming out that the president is planning on bringing 34,000 troops home. this is just one of the many things president obama is set to discuss in his state of the union address tonight. to talk about that is politico and deter phil ewing. >> it is the biggest story for the pentagon and industry here in the washington area. he is going to talk mostly about domestic issues. immigration, gun rights, and focus on those types of things as opposed to the more international security. >> what is the challenge for him in trying to get these two parties to coalesce what we continue to criticize congress for being inactive. how would he do that? but he has to appeal to things he knows republicans will do. he probably c
seen before. the catholic church is in search of a new leader. >> pope benedict xvi became pope in the spring of 2005. some believe the church may turn to a new leader from either africa or south america. we're live outside st. matthew's in the district. >> we spoke with parishioners after mass tonight. they were sad about the departure, but they also said they were pleased with the direction he had taken the church. they hope that continues in that conservative direction. we spoke with young catholics and they said they believe the church is -- the time is right for the church to become more liberal. a traditional roman catholic mass under extraordinary circumstances. for the first time in six centuries, at a sitting pope is stepping down. >> he understands his frailty as a human being. >> the 85-year daschle pontiff issued a stunning statement -- -- the 85-year-old pontiff issued a stunning statement. >> i am kind of exciting to see the process of another pope. >> he is a conservative and appointed like minded bishops. vatican observers believe this stage is set for another po
benedict making his first appearance since his resignation announcement. there was a kind of rumbling in rome, a kind of aftershock and abc's dan harris is at the vatican to tell us more. >> reporter: on this ash wednesday, at his last public mass, pope benedict received a rare, rapture rouse standing ovation. earlier in the day, at a public say mowny, a similar reception, with cheers and tears. benedict was visibly moved. how was the atmosphere in the room? >> electric. solemn and electric at the same time. >> i almost cried. honestly, it was wonderful. >> reporter: debeneath the applause, there are thorny questions swirling. we were struck by the fact that the pope said again today that he was resigning of his own free will. there's been a real emphasis on pointing out that the pope made this decision of his own volition. why? why is that? >> because italians love conspiracy theories. >> reporter: he's not kidding. the local papers here read like a dan brown novel, teaching with benedict being driven out by internal intrigue. conservatives in the vatican are calling the pope's resig
, our thanks to you. >>> on this sunday, a swelling crowd at the vatican for one of poem benedict's final appearances. there's jockey tonight among cardinals and a warning, all cardinals will be told they cannot tweet when they arrive to choose the new pope. david wright reporting from the vatican. david? >> reporter: good evening, david. it's late, but the lights are on tonight in the pope's apartment. perhaps he's packing up. earlier today he didn't even acknowledge his imminent departure. but the crowd sure did. at least 50,000 roman catholics came to say goodbye. but pope benedict kept it strictly business as usual. even though he will appear in that window just one more time, before he makes way for someone else. >> the crowd was here for benedict today and it matters probably more to him than to him. >> reporter: even before this pope has fully said his goodbyes, behind the scenes the focus has already turned to choosing his successor. a process that has always followed strict rules and is full of intrigue. this weekend the vatican floated a trial balloon, perhaps the cardin
insight into your pets and your thought. we test our own dog to find out. >> pope benedict xvi order some big changes. another scandal at the church. >> two well-known companies teaming up to make a change to our cars. >> the conclave to choose the successor to pope benedict xvi could come about sooner than expected. >> as the vatican prepares for historic change. there's also some damage control under way. a day after speaking from the window for the last time. pope benedict xvi change the rules for the upcoming conclave. letting cardinals' move but they start date if they're in a room before the 15-day transitional period. this could be the most important decision of his life. >> i really [inaudible] said that i can hear that voice. >> the conclave will get under way amid new turbulence. today the vatican announced pope benedict xvi has accepted the resignation of scotland's top catholic figure. saying he turns 75 next month. the normal retirement age for bishop. just yesterday the british paper reported allegations that he abused four men studying to be priests in the 1980's. in los an
after he is shot. >> and what led to gunfire here. >> also, pope benedict the 16th after he retires. where will he go? >> first, stranded at sea. a carnival cruise ship stopped at the oce >> breaking news with the situation involving christopher dorner. minutes ago, contrary to many reports, police are saying that a body was not found and police have not been able to go into the cabin where dorner was believed to be hiding out. that cabin was set on fire. police are saying that dorner is still alive and loose in the area. media reports out of los angeles said that police had recovered the body believed to be that of dorner. we will keep you posted on the situation once we get more information. >> monitoring new developments from baltimore after a police department trainee was shot during a training exercise. a spokesman said the accident happened this afternoon at a firearms training center. the trainee is recovering after he was flown to the maryland shock trauma center. the student is under investigation. >> an update on the health condition of pope benedict. he will be retiring a
lenten prayer. benedict's hearing has deteriorated. he appeared to have even gone blind in his left eye. his body is so thin, tailors had a hard time with his clothing. a reporter said he's never seen the pope so exhausted looking. >>> there are new details about friday's meteor strike in central russia. scientists are confirming the first fragments have been located. found near a hole in a frozen lake where a big chunk landed. some so-called meteor piece, with no proof they're the real deal, have appeared on ebay. >>> now to the immigration reform. republicans and democrats alike are predicting president obama would fail if he pushes forward with his own plan. illegal immigrants would be able to get a green card in eight years. top republican law maikers don't like that. >> by giving advantage for those who cut in line ahead of those coming here legally, he's looking for a partisan advantage. >> the white house says the president would push his own plan only if lawmakers can't get the job done. >>> police tape where one woman was murdered in chicago. six others wounded. this woman's si
on by pope benedict's departure, there are even more changes when it comes to naming his replacement. he has agreed to modify a longstanding vatican law. now this report. >> a day after he appeared out his window for the final time he tried to insure a church besieged by scandal that it will not stay without a leader for long. the chains the rules for the next conclave. and all scan now elect a new pope immediately after his resignation. vatican insiders say it's not a moment too soon. they're fighting claims he stepped down because of stories of gay priests and blackmail contained in a confidential dossier. he decreed that only the next pope can see the dossier meaning it may remain secret forever. >> most of these whispers are not true. >> a british cardinal keith o'brien is known for outspoken views against thomas sexuality. >> many priests have find it's very difficult to cope with same-sex marriage. >> there's a report that he made unwanted sexual advances and now he's resigned. cardinal roger mahony in los angeles is accused of concealing the crimes of a pedophile priest, but he will
a living pontiff. that was pope gregory xii. pope benedict ix step aside in 1045. and marcellinus stepped aside after failing to comply with the decree -- the roman decree about offering sacrifices to pagan gods. >> new information on a teenager accused of smothering his baby sister. he was supposed to be watching his baby sister while his mother was at work. >> when police originally responded to the apartment, they found the little girl dead. they came at the case are. the boy was charged with first- degree murder, which means he needs to be treated as an adult. in the investigation continues. this has prompted prosecutors to take a second look at the case. it is alleged that late last night 14-year-olaguiluz held his hand over the nose and mouth of his crying 7- month-old sister until she died. detectives also observe injuries on the baby they thought were consistent with the beating. but prosecutors say that part of the charge is not true. >> we have learned from the medical examiner that these were not injuries. they were bug bites. this a part of it was infested with bugs. >> he was
in america. >> we'll find out tonight. >>> what's next? we show you where pope benedict will live after he resigns. and will one of these men make history as the new pope? union address tonight. but we begin with the breaking news at this hour, out of california. police closing in on the former cop accused of the murder rampage. christopher dorner exchanging fire with s.w.a.t. teams. officers wounded, images streaming in of police officers, guns drawn, searching cars. and abc's cecilia vega is there to tell us what is happening right now. cecilia? >> reporter: diane, good evening. the situation is still ongoing. this is what we know. christopher dorner is holed up on a house on that mountain. two officers have been shot and wounded. los angeles police just went on live television to broadcast a plea to him. telling him, enough is enough, it's time to turn yourself in. >> if he's watching this, a message for himself is, enough is enough. it's time to turn yourself in, it's time to stop the bloodshed. it's time to let this event and let this incident be over. >> reporter: in the remote mount
the spread of aids. he was a frequent visitor to dartmouth until his death. >>> pope benedict is leaving it to the cardinals of the catholic church. benedict changed the rules, allowing the cardinals to move up the can clave start date if all of them arrive at the vatican before the 15-day waiting period ends. benedict's resignation takes effect on thursday. >>> prosecutors have asked that manslaughter charges be brought against the costa concordia cruise ship. 32 people, including 2 americans, died in that accident. >>> and coming up after the break, stocks sliding yet again, just days after a historic high. >>> plus, one year later. today, a community remembers trayvon martin. >>> and meltdown, big-time. a traveler's epic tantrum at the check-in counter. all of it, yep, caught on camera. >>> welcome back, everybody. well, fresh fears are sending stocks lower this morning. with no clear winner in italy's national election, investors are worried that europe's debt crisis may return. u.s. markets plunged yesterday because of that news and also because of budget cut fears back here at home
know what's inside. late word tonight on just what pope benedict will be called after he resigns. i want to bring in christiane amanpour in rome tonight. christiane, great to see you. and first here, what have we learned about pope benedict once he officially steps down? >> reporter: we were told by the vatican that he will continued to be called benedict, his hold willness and given the title pope emeritus. he will continue to wear white, but not the, you know, elaborate papal vestments. a simple white outfit that he will have his signature red prada shoes and wear brown leather shoes. and he will live in a monastery here within the vatican. >> putting the red prada shoes aside. very quiet scene behind you there tonight, but tomorrow, a much different picture. >> reporter: so, tens of thousands of pilgrims are expected here tomorrow, where the pope will give his final general audience. and he'll tour around this square in the pope mobile. and the next day, at 8:00 p.m. rome time, he leaves and right after that, that is when the search goes on for the new pope. >> it begins anew. ch
. peters, the same day the pope announced he will step down. benedict is set for a new name, a new home and a new role. dan harris is live in st. peters square this morning with all of that. dan, good morning to you. >> reporter: elizabeth, good morning to you. here's how the local papers are playing this huge story. this one says, in italian, pope shock. and here's a headline, amen. as catholics all over the world absorb this truly stunning news, today, we're starting to get a sense of what may have provoked the pope to make this announcement now. this morning, the news agency says the pope had a top-secret operation to replace his pacemaker at this hospital in rome three months ago. the vatican won't confirm the news. but the paper says the operation went, quote, well. the pope's older brother held a news conference the day the decision was well thoughtout and nobody pushed his brother out. meanwhile, benedict's surprise decision has provoked vatican intrigue, worthy of a dan brown novel. jockeying and politicking has begun over who will be the 266th pope of this 2,000-year-old church
what pope benedict xvi will be called once he steps down. he will be known as the emeritus pope,.. he will continue to wear white. many have wondered what he would be called and what he would wear since this is the first time in 600 years at a pope has resigned. >> who says cheerleading is just for girls? our john gonzales kicks up pom- poms and joins the pros for the redskins. >> 7 is on your side to break down the numbers and show you why cars are more affordable in the d.c. region. >> the state is set for the latest "dancing with the stars ." >> you're watching abc 7 at noon. on your side. >> the new his conduct since -- contestants happening for the seasons "dancing with the stars ." >> this seasons "dancing with the stars " contestants include actor andy dick and communityedy d.l. huhgghley. >> i am excited. >> gold-medal figure skater dorothy hamill will take the dance floor. one expert and our area things another olympian has a better shot at winning. >> my pick right now is aly. >> she is a dance teacher from friendship heights. she thinks a;y raisly raisman has an advantage.
tangible sign of pope benedict xvi upcoming departure. his twitter account is on its final leg. the account will put out its last official tweet on february 27 the day before the pope resigned. when it officially closes on february 28, i will leave behind some 2 million online followers. -- it will leave behind some 2 million on my flowers. -- online followers. we go back to those who knew her when she attended gw. and what one man is willing to do to see manned mission to mars. and we're expecting a wintry mix headin >> you are watching abc7 news at noon on your side. >> welcome back. adam is joining us. the already getting a little bit of activity. >> just outside our window here. we're looking at snow grains and sleet. they bounce a lot on contact. that is the difference between snow grains and sleet. >> the kind of look like what comes out of a beanbag chair. >> yes, and they doubt somewhat. -- and they bounce balad. we will not see that much in terms of sleet or snow. made -- may be minor accumulation. here's a closer look northwest of d.c. the areas of peanut indicate some slightly t
. >> cardinal donald world will pay tribute to pope benedict. before he leaves to the vatican to help choose the pontiff's successor. the cardinal also celebrate mass at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception. that takes place on sunday. the dalai lama will deliver a lecture at the contest center at the university of maryland on may 7. tickets are required. information will be released sometime next month. you may want to give yourself some extra time ago you plan on using metro to get around this weekend. >> orange line will not run between vienna and ballston. shuttle buses will be available. red line trains will be single tract between takoma and rhode island ave. there is no work scheduled for the blue line, yellow line or green line. everything else you need to know is on our web site. 202 -- go to wjla.com. >> a big celebration is planned for george washington's birthday today. his home will be the site of today's naturalization ceremony pour 50 americans. >> 4:49. i guess it is time to ask jacqui whether it will be worthy of being outside for events today. >>
benedict. he is accused of making sexual advances towards other priests. o'brien denies the allegations which date back to the 1980s. , they the vatican accepted his resignation. he was approaching the retirement age of 75. and american cardinal is also facing this. documents released from the vatican show that robert mahoney may have covered up sexual issues. warning for parents. one of the fastest-growing smartphone apps is generating the most concern, especially when it comes to young people and teenagers using it. sends messages that will self-destruct in seconds. it does not protect your private images nearly as well as you might think. >> here is a guy that found out the hard way about how sending a picture may get you in trouble. announcing my resignation from congress. resigned fromner congress after sending pictures to a woman. claims that it can keep your photos and videos-i deleted them seconds after they are sent. it is becoming a popular way among teenagers to send inappropriate pictures. after seconds, nobody can see that picture again. that is simply not true. >> it is be
house mate. that all starts at 8:00 with "th e middle." >> pope benedict first public appearance since announcing his resignation. his message to believers. >> message to stop sexual harassment on public transit. some say it has been a long recess. >> i am live in the newsroom. the latest on the cruise ship. it is powerless in >> tomorrow that nightmare crew should finally end. that is when the carnival cruise ship is expected to arrive in mobile, alabama. >> i bet they cannot come soon enough for the hundreds of people stuck on board in deplorable conditions. >> certainly not the vacation people were hoping for. the carnival cruise ship remains powerless states after a crippling fire. those on board have described horrendous conditions and not expected to make it to port until sometime tomorrow. >> three days and counting since an engine fire let the carnival cruise ship power list with more than 4000 people on board leaving the relatives on land worried about conditions on the ship. >> crying and crying. i want you to come get me. take my daughter was so scared she was crying. she wa
, where scandal threatens to overshadow the election of the new pope. tonight, just as pope benedict has moved up the date of the vote, britain's cardinal, keith o'brien, stepping down, after reports that he behaved inappropriately. and now come questions about an american cardinal. abc's david wright at the vatican again tonight. >> reporter: today, britain's cardinal keith o'brien said he will not attend the conclave, because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brien made unwanted sexual advances on them in the 1980s, allegations o'brien denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile prooelss. l.a.'s roger mahony for one. president obama's outgoing ambassador to the holy see today suggested mahony consider bowing out. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: and then, there's the italian papers full of reports of a dossier prepared "for th
received in december. they say the real reason that benedict resigned was because the three investigating kartd analysis uncovered far more salacious comments. church officials steered the conversation away from the sexual abuse scandal. today in los angeles, cardinal roger mahony testified under oath about allegations that he actively con sealed the crimes. one was accused of molesting 26 boys in 1987, he fled to mexico after mahony's top aide warned him that he -- police would investigate. the idea that cardinal mahony should help choose the next pope say says it's an outrage. >> it's absolutely mind-boggling to me how this continues to go on and mahony should be jailed. >> reporter: but the vatican says that voting in the conclave is a sacred duty, despite any worldly scandals. >> i don't think many of the cardinals in rome are very concerned about mahony voting because they consider him part of the fraternity. >> reporter: he blogged this week about feeling like a scapegoat, as he put it, suffering painful and public humiliation just like jesus. david wright, abc news, rome. >> the po
, the vatican announces what could be the first change once pope benedict xv steps down. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ woman ] looks like another glorious week in florida. ♪ ♪ that...was...awesome. ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] how do you make your family vacation this epic? go to visitflorida.com. quakes in the coming days, the world will focus on the vatican. >> the preparations for the conclave are already under way. suzanne kennedy joins us to tell us about the preparations. >> these are the final days the archbishop will be in washington, d.c. he is spending them in prayer and reflection. he offers praise as he celebrates one of his last masses before leaving for the vatican. today, the archbishop of marked the feast of st. peter at the cathedral of saint matthew. during his homily, the cardinal reflected on the shock many catholics experienced when they learned pope benedict xvi was stepping down. >> we are able to recognize that our holy father's action speaks to us of his greatness. >> this is the first time in modern history a pope has resigned. it is also the first time the cardi
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on both sides. >> catholics in the d.c. area and around the world are looking ahead after pope benedict xvi announced he is resigning at the end of the month. the 85-year-old said that he's stepping aside because he no longer has the strength to lead the world's largest christian church. while many local catholics are sad to see him resign, they also wonder about the church's future. >> i think if the church keeps going the way it is and we have another pope that is too acerbated, we will continue to lose american catholics especially young people. the cardinals will gather in rome next month to select a new popes. stay with abc 7 news for complete coverage of historic change in the catholic church and for instant updates, go-to guy wjla.com along with our facebook and twitter pages. -- go to wjla.com. there's been a tribute to a slain former navy seal chris kyle. >> he is everywhere. he is the fabric of the freedoms that blessed the people of this great nation. >> 7000 people gathered monday at cowboys stadium in texas for memorial service. the world renown sniper was killed at a texas
benedict made one of his last public appearances as the leader of the roman catholic church. we'll explain what's next as he prepares to resign. >> just ten days from now. >> incredible that it's even happening. >>> and giving vision to people who cannot see. it could be the first fda approved bionic eye and we'll show you how it's making a huge difference in the lives of some. >>> later on this half hour, the kinky techniques described in the book "50 shades of gray." who's teaching the curious the lessons that may be difficult to forget? >> i must ask, have you ever read the book? >> i have not read the book? >> not interested or just haven't gotten around to it? >> well, with a baby, i don't have the time. >> we'll get do that more later in the show. >>> some sad news to start off the week about troubled country music star mindy mccready. place say she took her own life yesterday at her home in arkansas. her body was found on the front porch. >> she had been on the top of the country charts since the mid '90s until personal problems derailed her career. just last month her boyfriend die
was accidental when he thought someone broke into a home. >> as pope benedict xvi prepares to step down there is new buzz that a colonel from boston could be considered to take his place. parnell o'malley's name is coming up and speculation the cardinal o'malley's name is coming up. right now there is no clear favorite among the college of cardinals. o'malley has been one of the most vocal bishops apologizing for the catholic church sex abuse crisis, as well as reaching out to victims. >> changes in the works -- office depot is buying its arrival office max. it will be an all stock deal worth about $1.2 billion. the company has not said yet whether it means staff cuts or store closings or big whether all the stores will operate under the same name. but analysts say the merger is an attempt for the two companies to better compete with staples. >> 7 is on your side with a new study about retirement savings. a study commissioned by hsbc bank found more of that -- finds more than half of the working population not properly preparing for retirement. nearly one out of five workers are not sav
to turn to the headlines coming in right now on the pope. we just learned that benedict will be called emeritus pope and will wear white after he steps down next week. his retirement this week is being clouded by scandal, as there are more calls to stop an american cardinal from participating in the election of the next pope. abc's david wright is in rome right now with the very latest. good morning, david. >> reporter: good morning, elizabeth. the process to replace pope benedict is now on the fast track. we've also just learned that the deacon of the college of cardinals will summon the cardinals on friday to their first meeting, which will take place on monday, march 4th. never before has the cardinal given the conclave amidst a scandal. and that raises the pressure for the other cardinals tainted by scandal, among them, roger mahoney, who for years, covered up for pedophile priests. for 24 hours, britain's cardinal keith o'brien has holed up in this home in scotland. >> the holy father accepted the resignation of cardinal o'brien. >> reporter: on sunday, a british newspaper reporte
of thousands gather in st. peter's square as pope benedict delivers his last sunday blessing. this, as the vatican lashes out at scandalous rumors over why the pope is actually leaving. >>> and we're going oscar crazy this morning, looking at the likely winners and the long shots. "silver linings playbook" won big at the spirit awards last night. is that a precursor of what's to come tonight? just hours to go before the curtain goes up on hollywood's biggest night. >>> hey, good morning, everybody. we've got a live shot of the red carpet in the hollywood. in a few hours, it's going to be crawling with stars, including our own robin roberts and lara spencer. who will leading our coverage at 7:00 p.m. eastern. the spirit awards were held overnight where "silver linings playbook" cleaned up. does it fore shadow a big win for that film? ron claiborne still holding out for "les miserables." >> it was a huge night for jennifer lawrence. for "silver linings playbook." lot of people were talking about that, does she win best actress award? >>> also coming up -- not great news, 11 states in
the papal election campaign is getting ugly. today, pope benedict is expected to announce new rules about the conclave. he can do it by dedegree. the pope is an absolute monarch. the vatican is accusing the press corps of being the modern day borges. these day, the italian parps read like dan brown novel. detailing a sex and blackmail scandal involving the curia. there's some truth to it. last year, the pope formed an investigative commission. these three men, referred to as the 007 cardinals. the pope's butler stole classified documents. they gave the pope a report. only he and they not what's in it. >> you get tons of rumors and all these whispers. most of them are not true. >> reporter: at the same time, the very real church sex abuse scandal, casting a shadow over l.a.'s roger mahoney and other cardinals. should morally tainted cardinals be allowed to help choose the new pope. the pope has announced new rules. the bottom line is the cardinals will not have to wait the 15 days they would have waited before. but the timing of the conclave will be up to them. george? >> thank you, david
by him. >> fall from grace, for sure. >>> we're getting a better idea how pope benedict foresees his life in retirement. he said he will be hidden from the world. the vatican confirmed that benedict's closest adviser will continue to serve him as a private secretary, even while running the new pope's household. >> big changes ahead. he's like, i'm gone, i'm disappearing. >> i think he's doing that because he doesn't want there to be a perceived idea that he's going to somehow have something to do with the pope's election. >> pass that baton and move back. >>> here's a look at your friday forecast. light snow for upstate new york and northern new england. up to 5 inches in northern michigan. showers in the tennessee valley. heavy downpours from orlando to miami. 4 to 8 inches of mountain snow in colorado and wyoming. >> 40s across the rockies. teens from fargo to minneapolis. 28 in chicago. 48 in beantown. 60s from atlanta to new orleans. >>> before we put the whole valentine's day thing to rest for another year, we want to give a shout out to a couple in pennsylvania. they have been marri
are looking ahead fter pope benedict xvi's announcement that he is resigning at the end of this month. says he is-old aside because he no longer has the strength to lead the church. many local catholics are santa's seem resigned, they're wondering about. cardinals will gather the next month for conclave .o elect a new pope >> it's 46 degrees>5:07. >> new details when it comes to cybersecurity. >> new details when it comes to cybersecurity. what president hello! how sharp is your business security? can it help protect your people and property, while keeping out threats to your operations? it's not working! yes it is. welcome to tyco integrated security. with world-class monitoring centers and thousands of qualified technicians. we'v've got a personal passion o help your business runafer, smarter, and srper. we are tyco integrated security. and we are sharper. >> good morning, washington. meteorologist jacqui jeras. degrees. it's fat tuesday. meteorologist adam caskey is an chasers seven in clarendon morning and getting ready tonight. parade >> that's right. tomorrow is ash wednesday. that mean
start. back to you. >> thank you. we want to take you to home where pope benedict xvi is making his first public appearance since announcing his resignation. thousands of people are in attendance as he has just taken the microphone. he will maybe only make public appearances perhaps a couple more times before he'd resign officially on february 28. >> he underwent surgery recently to have the battery replaced in its pacemaker. he will live in a monastery near the vatican, but he will not have any duties related to the church. a live picture. another story we are following new details on a fatal fire in charles county, maryland. >> jummy olabanji has more on caps. >> we have new information, new video. charles county's fire chief confirms there was a body found inside the home after they put the fire out. this happened just after midnight in the 5300 block of stuckey rd. in indian head. it took firefighters an hour to battle the blaze. they had to fight it from the outside because of safety concerns inside. >> we had numerous companies from the area to respond. probably 50 firefighter
, former chicago lawmaker, sandy jackson, is charged with filing false tax returns. >>> as pope benedict prepares to step down, the buzz is growing about the unlikely possibility that an american could be next in line. the spotlight is on cardinal sean o'malley of boston. he's known for simply wearing a brown robe and scandals. he inherited an archdiocese badly tainted by the church scandal. >>> with that, we take a look at your wednesday weather across the country. dallas, houston, oklahoma city could see some showers. we'll have some rain in the pacific northwest. snowfall for denver, starting around dinner time. california dries out after yesterday's storm. it will be pretty quiet here on the east coast. >> and it's another day of bone-chilling cold in the upper midwest. minneapolis will struggle to get above ten degrees. new york, boston and baltimore are in the upper 30s. phoenix is in the mid-50s, when the normal high is usually 60. miami, as usual, the shot spot, around 80 degrees. >>> and coming up, we'll have a live report, as we welcome our friend robin roberts back to "gma," j
turn. just ten days now until pope benedict steps down. and the common assumption has always been there will never be an american pope. but it's changing. do we have the candidate now who may just do it? abc's david wright tells us. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart from the other men in red. "cardinal sean," as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, tied with a rope. plus sandals, even during winter in boston. >> he's a holy man. a man of simplicity. and wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope? >> reporter: the boston archdiocese he inherited was badly tainted by the church sexual abuse scandal. o'malley sold off the cardinal's residence to pay the victims and moved into a single room near the cathedral. he put the victims first. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at the issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's long been an unwritten rule -- no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say tim
church. pope benedict is asking the as well to pray for him pope. the next the address the huge crowd on from st. peter's square from his window. he will appear one more time from that window next sunday. planning to step down february 28. be the first to resign in 600 years. it's olympic sprinter oscar career is on hold as that hes charges murdered his girlfriend. his agent says the double -- has has captured is his putrid track races. bars in south africa police say he shot and killed reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. returns to court tomorrow. his agent says endorsement deals yet been affected by his legal troubles. >> and aerospace company of a job aftert charged with slapping a child on a delta airlines flight. jessica bennett and her 19-year- son jonah were flying 1 their toddler started crying. sitting next to her, joe , of idaho, used a racial slur to tell jonah to shut up and then slapped the child. bennett said that he reached of alcohol. he's charged with assault. his lawyer says he will not plead guilty. >> it's 5:52. nothing makes you want to turn around and walked into
the beginning of lent today. in one of his last official duties, pope benedict celebrates the ash wednesday mass at the vatican. it marks the first time the pope has been seen in public since his bombshell resignation announcement. his term will officially end the last day of the month, february 28th. >>> and bookies are taking big bets on who will be chosen as the next pope. marc ouellet is the favorite. >>> people in cape cod are still struggling to clean up from last week's monster blizzard. the storm also caused widespread beach erosion, washing away 20 feet to 30 feet of real estate. there was property damage along the beach. elsewhere in massachusetts, boston students return to school for the first time since the blizzard. they're doing so today. wow. >>> time, now, for the weather across the nation. a little more snow for southern new england and new york and philadelphia. rain from d.c. to orlando and much of the gulf coast. a couple inches of snow across much of minnesota and north dakota. mountain snow in the cascades and northern rockies. showers from seattle to portland. >> 40s from
charge. >>> and still overseas, we have word from the vatican tonight. pope benedict has offered a clue about his plans for the future. telling some clergymen today he would soon be hidden to the world. we know he's going to move into a former con vent inside vatican city, but today seemed to be singling he will not play any public role again once he steps down. >>> and now we head to washington, because just this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. he saw his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed, but jonathan karl tells us it didn't happen. >> reporter: today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. they don't like him for a lot of reasons, but their complaint today, was they said he didn't turn over enough financial information. the white house is calling this unconscionable and the president in an online chat said, quote, it's unfortunate this kind of politics at a time when i'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and i need a secretary of defense.
that would be unconstitutional. >> the details on the historic change at the vatican where pope benedict xvi will become his holiness been adept xvi pope. will continue to wear the white hats bubble longer wear red shoes. -- but he will no longer wear red shoes. he officially resigns and 8:00 on thursday. >> a look at the deadliest hot air balloon crashed on record. >> great to see you as always. bijan and ballooning accident, 19 tourists -- the ballooning accident, at 19 tourists killed. the warning about your roof wait until you see this video. the family feared lost at sea. was it a giant hoax? >> you can watch those stories and more tonight coming up after abc 7 news at 6:00. >> the morning commute was a rough one after a series of early-morning crashes. for more than four hours. at 4:38 truck overturned into a ravine. the driver was rushed to the hospital, but his condition is not known. in maryland, we capture dramatic images after a car crashed over a guardrail on i- 270. despite how serious the crash looked the driver escaped with only minor injuries. time now for a check on the traf
headline from rome. >> pope benedict speaking publicly for the first time since he announced he will step down this month. this morning, it appears the pope is trying to quiet any and all conspiracy theories. let's get right now to abc's dan harris at the vatican. good morning, dan. >> reporter: josh, good morning. the pope receives an extended standing ovation, was even rupted a few times by cheers. some people had tears in their eyes. benedict appeared gratified by their well-wishes. he thanked people for their prayers during the days he said had been hard for him. he said he was stepping down for the good of the church. and i was struck by that he was doing this of his own free will. the vatican worried about conspiracy theories that the pope is stepping down because of intrigue. >> quieting concerns for now. >>> the latest on that carnival cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. its power knocked out by fire. and this morning, the ship with some 4,200 people onboard is finally making its way to port. but conditions are worsening by the hour. abc's matt gutman has the story. >> reporter: af
will be like for pope benedict. the soon-to-be retiree will live in a monastery and will likely give up his beloved theological writing because of his frail health. he has a pacemaker and recently underwent surgery. >> over the past few years, he's certainly slowed down a bit. you can tell he had trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. not huge things. but a number of smaller ones, which take their toll. >> and still left for the vatican to decide is what exactly the ex-pope will be called. we haven't had an ex-pope in six centuries. >> we have no idea what to do with him. we don't know where to put him. >> it's rare territory for the catholic church. >>> moving on to your wednesday weather. rain and mountain snow in the northwest. snow showers around fargo and the twin cities. morning rain from new orleans to the caroline aas and d.c. rain changing over from snow from philly to new york. >> forts from boston to baltimore. 50s from atlanta to dallas and 50s in the pacific northwest. >>> we know at least one thing for sure coming up with this next video. this
. in less than two weeks, pope benedict will step down and there are speculations about who is going to replace him. >> so what are the chances of an american becoming the next pope? abc's david wright lets us know. >> reporter: cardinal sean o'malley is a prince of the church who lives like a pauper. even his clothes set him apart. cardinal sean, as he likes to be called, wears the simple brown robes of a monk, plus sandals. even in winter in boston. >> he's a holy man, and a man of simplicity. wouldn't that be a lovely thing to have in a pope. >> reporter: the boston arch diocese he inherited was badly tainted. he sold off the cardinal's residence to pay off the victims and moved into a single room. the church has not always been so responsive. >> any new pope is going to have to look at that issue and speak to it. >> reporter: here in rome, there's been an unwritten rule, no pope from a superpower. but vatican watchers say times have changed. >> people realize a cardinal from the united states is not necessarily going to represent u.s. political interests. >> reporter: o'malley is
. >>> we have details from the vatican about pope benedict's health. officials say the pope struck his head during a trip to mexico, leading some to speculate it may have been a factor in his decision to resign. the vatican denies it played any role in the pope's decision. >>> a surprising, new study finds that the morning-after pill is more popular than ever. 11% of women say they've used plan b emergency contraception. that's up from 4% a decade ago. researchers say it's largely because the pill is so much easier to get. >>> and finally, what would you do if you were this guy? a homeless man in kansas city, named billy ray harris looked down in his change cup. he realized a woman had stopped to give him some change. had dropped her diamond engagement ring into his cup. yes. could have pawned it for thousands. gotten away with it. instead, when he saw her again, after hanging on to it, he gave it back. she offered some cash as a thank you, a reward. he said, nope. doing the right thing, better than any cash reward. it is, in fact, priceless. and i hope, sarina, you're watching at home. i h
. but only the pope knows what it's in it. benedict met privately with the three elderly investigators. the italian press calls them the 007 cardinals. >> the cardinals that did the investigation in the corruption inside the vatican are known to know everything. so if they say i don't think this candidate is the best idea at this point, that will be taken very seriously. >> reporter: the pope issued new rules that could fast track this election but ultimately the timing will be up to the cardinal. david wright, abc news, rome. >> there's not a whole lot of time that we're talking here. we've got to get the conclave going and got to get people going so that -- we've got to get a new pope in time for the most sacred days that are headed our way in the catholic church. >> the easter holiday and all that. with the resignation and then with the secret report, i know people get wrapped up in the ceremony and where the church is going to go. but let's never forget these folks are still very human. there's definitely politics behind the scenes. just because you have this title or that title, y
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